- Mazagog, an Orc Servant with murder issues.
- Pane’re Bre’ad, a Faun Militia-member and one of the “Weird Sisters” in town.
- Edwin O’Flaherty, Goblin Militiaman and entrepreneur.
- 4th, Hobgoblin Militiaman and lackadaisical refugee.
- Arren Pokthy, Punk kid.
- Faust, wandering spider-like Map-quest Clockwork.
As evening rolls around the Night-watch (high on Crimson Leaf for the most part) encounters Faust as he arrives at the edge of town (Arren & Mazagog happen to be loitering with them, board and not feeling like sleeping). After an odd exchange leading to introductions, they decide to introduce Faust to Phillipe at the Godsworn, but decide against having him get rooms their for the night when the lecherous innkeeper’s flirting introduces the idea of “auto-arachnophilia” into their heads. Edwin slips off to fill in the Mayor about the newcomer while Pane’re invites him back to the herb-shop to stay the night with her sisters. Mazagog decides to return to 4th to play cards (4th having been the only one not leaving his post), before heading off to bed. Edwin returns to spy on Faust and the sisters, but is spotted and invited in. Arren also spys on them, is not caught, and starts developing a fetish while witnessing Rhianon oiling and cleaning the well-traveled clockwork.
Pane’re & Edwin eventually rejoin 4th on watch, but think they hear something out in the woods (they suspect it’s the two sibling youths that recently went missing in the woods). They think they might have heard screaming…
The next morning, as the Night-watch (4th, Edwin & Pane’re) sleep in, and Mazagog does his chores, the rest of the village gathers for morning prayers. Arren and Faust spot the two missing youngsters stumbling out of the woods, through the cornfields, naked except for being caked with blood and filth. Shock runs through the crowd and they take them to the temple when they realize the boy is muttering incoherently in an unknown tongue, a clear sign of possession. His growing screams wake the nightwatch, and they come to see what the hubub is all about, as does Mazagog (but 4th, who decides to roll over and sleep instead). Faust intercepts the girl when he spots her trying to slip away, and leads her back to her house. The others arrive at the chapel just in time to spot several “things” burrowing under the boy’s skin…